Blake Johnson (right) and Dean Julia Ross

Blake Johnson (right) and Dean Julia Ross
Blake Johnson (right) and Dean Julia Ross

(June 18, 2018) Assistant Professor Dr. Blake Johnson earned multiple awards as well as a grant in spring 2018.  Dr. Johnson received the Outstanding New Assistant Professor award at the 21st College of Engineering Dean’s Awards for Excellence reception in May 2018.  This award was given to assistant professors with an aptitude for “teaching innovation, research, service, and outreach.”  He was one of five recipients of the prestigious award this year.

Dr. Johnson was also a recipient of the 2018 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Advisor Award from the Student Engineers’ Council (SEC).  Eight undergraduate and graduate students who wokred with Dr. Johnson were present at the SEC award reception.

(from left) David McIlvain, Alex Haring, Ezgi Kucukdeger, Ellen Cesewski, Dr. Blake Johnson, Sahil Laheri, Elena Karakozoff, Yuxin (Janelle) Tong, and Manjot Singh

(from left) David McIlvain, Alex Haring, Ezgi Kucukdeger, Ellen Cesewski, Dr. Blake Johnson, Sahil Laheri, Elena Karakozoff, Yuxin (Janelle) Tong, and Manjot Singh
(from left) David McIlvain, Alex Haring, Ezgi Kucukdeger, Ellen Cesewski, Dr. Blake Johnson, Sahil Laheri, Elena Karakozoff, Yuxin (Janelle) Tong, and Manjot Singh

Earlier in spring, Dr. Johnson won a SEAD (science, engineering, art, and design) grant from ICAT (Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology) for their project with printed prosthetics.  The project is titled “Scanning-driven Design, Additive Manufacturing, and Assessment of Patient-Specific Biomedical Devices: From Personalized Prosthetics for Children with Amniotic Band Syndrome to Bio-inspired Prosthetics for Organ Transplantation.”  Dr. Johnson formed a transdisciplinary research team with Dr. David Dillard from Department of Biomechanical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) and Dr. Akshay Sharma from Industrial Design for the School of Architecture + Design.